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Where to Find Dressed-Up Latkes During Hanukkah in NYC

14 unconventional potato pancakes to fill the stomach and warm the soul

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Long, long ago in April, Jewish people across the U.S. celebrated a Passover unlike any others — an ancient ritual complicated by modern problems. Nine months later, Jews face similar challenges and are in need of light, warmth, and a full stomach.

Latkes, or fried potato pancakes, are arguably the centerpiece of any Hanukkah meal. As with most things, the holiday treats are the subject of spirited debate among Jewish families, and many have a strong set of opinions on the matter. In the end, there’s a perfect latke out there for everyone, even among this list of short rib-topped, Japanese-inspired, and vegan potato pancakes. Hanukkah this year runs from Thursday, December 10 to Friday, December 18.

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1. Amali

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115 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 339-8363
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Midtown Mediterranean restaurant Amali is selling two types of latkes this holiday season: One, made from koginut squash and black truffle, is available a la carte at the restaurant through December 18. A second version, made with butternut squash and sage, is available for takeout and delivery until December 11. (Customers can order the butternut squash and sage latkes at the group’s other restaurants, Bar Marseille at Rockaway Beach and Calissa in the Hamptons, but the purchasing window closes for all of the spots on December 11.)  

2. Oceana

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120 W 49th St
New York, NY 10020
(212) 759-5941
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Seafood temple Oceana is offering a couple of special latke preparations for the holiday. For takeout or on-site dining, the restaurant put together a “latkes four ways” dish for $25 that includes latkes prepared with smoked salmon and cream cheese; smoked trout, sour cream, and trout roe; whipped egg and red cabbage; and short rib and pickled onion. For takeout only, the restaurant is selling bulk packages of its potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream, starting at six for $16. The latkes are available through December 18.

3. 2nd Ave Deli

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162 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 689-9000
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2nd Ave Deli is accepting holiday orders for its recognizably dense potato latkes, which can be paired with a traditional applesauce topping or tofu sour cream and start at $3.95 apiece. If lone latkes are not enough, tack on an order of the Instant Heart Attack, a sandwich of corned beef, pastrami, turkey, or salami held in place between two latkes instead of bread.

4. Marks Off Madison

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41 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

Marks Off Madison, a just-opened restaurant from former Freds at Barney’s chef Mark Strausman, is selling sets of miniature “cocktail-size” potato latkes paired with applesauce and sour cream for $26 per dozen. Full size latkes are available as well for $3.50 each or $38 for a dozen.

The display case and front counter of a bakery. In the background, a wall filled with baskets of bagels, bread loaves, and other baked goods is visible Alex Staniloff/Marks Off Madison [Official]

5. La Newyorkina

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240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 861-0727
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Chef Fany Gerson’s Mexican dessert shop is frying up traditional potato latkes and not-so-traditional serrano latkes for takeout or delivery. Toppings include Mexican crema, canela applesauce, or labne with serrano and olive oil. The latkes are priced at five for $12 or 12 for $28.

6. Edith’s Brooklyn

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60 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

The über-popular Paulie Gee’s pop-up still has a few spaces left for its latke pre-orders. Each package ($25) includes five crispy latkes, housemade apple sauce and cream fraiche, and an optional trout roe add-on. If pre-orders sell out, you can still find latkes for sale at the restaurant, available to purchase individually or sandwiched between twisty bagel halves in Edith’s crowd-pleaser bacon, egg, cheese, and latke sandwich.

7. Russ & Daughters

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179 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 475-4880
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The legends at Russ and Daughters have served traditional potato latkes to generations of customers for Hanukkah each year. There’s no unusual flavors going on here, but for a classic, golden potato latke served with a dollop of sour cream or applesauce, there’s nothing more fun than ordering from this fourth-generation, family-owned appetizing shop on the Lower East Side. Individual latkes start at $2.50 apiece, or grab a blowout holiday essentials package with all the fixings for $100.

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8. Baz Bagel

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181 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 335-0609
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Baz doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither does its latkes. The restaurant offers a couple of different versions of the treat, including Grandma Joyce’s famous potato latkes, served with sour cream and applesauce, and Fancy Pants latkes with nova, salmon roe, sour cream, and chives. Latke packages start at $12 and are available for both takeout and delivery.

9. Sami & Susu

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247 Broome St
New York, NY 10002
(718) 302-9023
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Jewish-Sephardic newcomer Sami & Susu went all-in on its $65 Hanukkah package that includes eight potato latkes with creme fraiche, smoked salmon, and matbucha, a spread made with red pepper and tomato confit. Two pitas are also included in the package, plus a bottle of Puszta Libre wine. Pre-order here for takeout and delivery.

10. Orchard Grocer

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78 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 757-9910
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Vegan deli and market Orchard Grocer is selling packages of gluten-free and vegan latkes with an inventive array of add-on toppings that includes apple-sour cherry chutney, beet horseradish sauce, pickled sweet peppers, and more. Customers can also skip the do-it-yourself pairings and go for the deluxe latke platter that includes 12 or 24 gluten-free and vegan latkes packaged with dill, chives, and scallions plus small portions of all of the grocer’s available toppings. Latkes start at six for $15; platters start at $40 each.

A mountain of herby potato latkes are arranged on a table, alongside sprigs of dill and several colorful dipping sauces Nora Vargas/Orchard Grocer [Official]

11. Shalom Japan

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310 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-4012
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Shalom Japan is selling a do-it-yourself holiday meal kit featuring a container of okonomi-latke batter to fry up your own Japanese-Jewish potato pancakes. Creme fraiche and ikura toppings are including with the kit, alongside a bevy of other holiday foods, including a hot pot set and chocolate and banana challah bread pudding. The kit sells for $65 apiece and is meant to feed two.

12. Mile End Delicatessen

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97 Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 852-7510
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Brooklyn’s Mile End Deli is serving up crispy potato latkes with a fun array of toppings, from caviar creme fraiche to chopped liver, smoked salmon, and duck confit. They’re sold out for pre-orders on December 10 and 11, but open for orders past those dates. The latkes cost $15 for 6 or $25 for 12, and the toppings range from $3 to $23 depending on type.

13. Luxe Latkes at Hunky Dory

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747 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(516) 418-2063
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Launched during the pandemic, Luxe Latkes pairs each of its crispy, golden latkes with a pile of delicious, non-traditional toppings. The brand — which only sells intermittently via pop-ups — will be making a holiday appearance at Crown Heights neighborhood bar Hunky Dory next Wednesday, December 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. There, the team will be serving its three classic latkes, along with an Iraqi-Jewish version made with baharat, cumin, and saffron that’s topped with turmeric-pickled vegetables. For those who can’t make it to Hunky Dory, the team will be popping up again at King Tai in Crown Heights on December 19 and 20, right after the holiday.

Update: Due to the snowstorm this week, the pop-up at Hunky Dory was rescheduled for the following Wednesday, December 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.

A fried potato pancake and scoop of turmeric-pickled vegetables placed inside a takeout container
Luxe Latkes’s special Iraqi-Jewish holiday latke
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14. Shelsky's Brooklyn Bagels

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453 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 855-8817
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At Shelsky’s, customers can find traditional potato latkes sold alongside gluten-free, sweet potato, and celery root versions of the dish. The latkes start at $2.75 each or $30 for a dozen. Available toppings include creme fraiche — with or without horseradish — and applesauce.

1. Amali

115 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

Midtown Mediterranean restaurant Amali is selling two types of latkes this holiday season: One, made from koginut squash and black truffle, is available a la carte at the restaurant through December 18. A second version, made with butternut squash and sage, is available for takeout and delivery until December 11. (Customers can order the butternut squash and sage latkes at the group’s other restaurants, Bar Marseille at Rockaway Beach and Calissa in the Hamptons, but the purchasing window closes for all of the spots on December 11.)  

115 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022

2. Oceana

120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

Seafood temple Oceana is offering a couple of special latke preparations for the holiday. For takeout or on-site dining, the restaurant put together a “latkes four ways” dish for $25 that includes latkes prepared with smoked salmon and cream cheese; smoked trout, sour cream, and trout roe; whipped egg and red cabbage; and short rib and pickled onion. For takeout only, the restaurant is selling bulk packages of its potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream, starting at six for $16. The latkes are available through December 18.

120 W 49th St
New York, NY 10020

3. 2nd Ave Deli

162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

2nd Ave Deli is accepting holiday orders for its recognizably dense potato latkes, which can be paired with a traditional applesauce topping or tofu sour cream and start at $3.95 apiece. If lone latkes are not enough, tack on an order of the Instant Heart Attack, a sandwich of corned beef, pastrami, turkey, or salami held in place between two latkes instead of bread.

162 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016

4. Marks Off Madison

41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
The display case and front counter of a bakery. In the background, a wall filled with baskets of bagels, bread loaves, and other baked goods is visible Alex Staniloff/Marks Off Madison [Official]

Marks Off Madison, a just-opened restaurant from former Freds at Barney’s chef Mark Strausman, is selling sets of miniature “cocktail-size” potato latkes paired with applesauce and sour cream for $26 per dozen. Full size latkes are available as well for $3.50 each or $38 for a dozen.

41 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

5. La Newyorkina

240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Chef Fany Gerson’s Mexican dessert shop is frying up traditional potato latkes and not-so-traditional serrano latkes for takeout or delivery. Toppings include Mexican crema, canela applesauce, or labne with serrano and olive oil. The latkes are priced at five for $12 or 12 for $28.

240 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

6. Edith’s Brooklyn

60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

The über-popular Paulie Gee’s pop-up still has a few spaces left for its latke pre-orders. Each package ($25) includes five crispy latkes, housemade apple sauce and cream fraiche, and an optional trout roe add-on. If pre-orders sell out, you can still find latkes for sale at the restaurant, available to purchase individually or sandwiched between twisty bagel halves in Edith’s crowd-pleaser bacon, egg, cheese, and latke sandwich.

60 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

7. Russ & Daughters

179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
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Russ and Daughters
Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The legends at Russ and Daughters have served traditional potato latkes to generations of customers for Hanukkah each year. There’s no unusual flavors going on here, but for a classic, golden potato latke served with a dollop of sour cream or applesauce, there’s nothing more fun than ordering from this fourth-generation, family-owned appetizing shop on the Lower East Side. Individual latkes start at $2.50 apiece, or grab a blowout holiday essentials package with all the fixings for $100.

179 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002

8. Baz Bagel

181 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

Baz doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither does its latkes. The restaurant offers a couple of different versions of the treat, including Grandma Joyce’s famous potato latkes, served with sour cream and applesauce, and Fancy Pants latkes with nova, salmon roe, sour cream, and chives. Latke packages start at $12 and are available for both takeout and delivery.

181 Grand St
New York, NY 10013

9. Sami & Susu

247 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

Jewish-Sephardic newcomer Sami & Susu went all-in on its $65 Hanukkah package that includes eight potato latkes with creme fraiche, smoked salmon, and matbucha, a spread made with red pepper and tomato confit. Two pitas are also included in the package, plus a bottle of Puszta Libre wine. Pre-order here for takeout and delivery.

247 Broome St
New York, NY 10002

10. Orchard Grocer

78 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
A mountain of herby potato latkes are arranged on a table, alongside sprigs of dill and several colorful dipping sauces Nora Vargas/Orchard Grocer [Official]

Vegan deli and market Orchard Grocer is selling packages of gluten-free and vegan latkes with an inventive array of add-on toppings that includes apple-sour cherry chutney, beet horseradish sauce, pickled sweet peppers, and more. Customers can also skip the do-it-yourself pairings and go for the deluxe latke platter that includes 12 or 24 gluten-free and vegan latkes packaged with dill, chives, and scallions plus small portions of all of the grocer’s available toppings. Latkes start at six for $15; platters start at $40 each.

78 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

11. Shalom Japan

310 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Shalom Japan is selling a do-it-yourself holiday meal kit featuring a container of okonomi-latke batter to fry up your own Japanese-Jewish potato pancakes. Creme fraiche and ikura toppings are including with the kit, alongside a bevy of other holiday foods, including a hot pot set and chocolate and banana challah bread pudding. The kit sells for $65 apiece and is meant to feed two.

310 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

12. Mile End Delicatessen

97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn’s Mile End Deli is serving up crispy potato latkes with a fun array of toppings, from caviar creme fraiche to chopped liver, smoked salmon, and duck confit. They’re sold out for pre-orders on December 10 and 11, but open for orders past those dates. The latkes cost $15 for 6 or $25 for 12, and the toppings range from $3 to $23 depending on type.

97 Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

13. Luxe Latkes at Hunky Dory

747 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A fried potato pancake and scoop of turmeric-pickled vegetables placed inside a takeout container
Luxe Latkes’s special Iraqi-Jewish holiday latke
Luxe Latkes

Launched during the pandemic, Luxe Latkes pairs each of its crispy, golden latkes with a pile of delicious, non-traditional toppings. The brand — which only sells intermittently via pop-ups — will be making a holiday appearance at Crown Heights neighborhood bar Hunky Dory next Wednesday, December 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. There, the team will be serving its three classic latkes, along with an Iraqi-Jewish version made with baharat, cumin, and saffron that’s topped with turmeric-pickled vegetables. For those who can’t make it to Hunky Dory, the team will be popping up again at King Tai in Crown Heights on December 19 and 20, right after the holiday.

Update: Due to the snowstorm this week, the pop-up at Hunky Dory was rescheduled for the following Wednesday, December 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.

747 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. Shelsky's Brooklyn Bagels

453 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

At Shelsky’s, customers can find traditional potato latkes sold alongside gluten-free, sweet potato, and celery root versions of the dish. The latkes start at $2.75 each or $30 for a dozen. Available toppings include creme fraiche — with or without horseradish — and applesauce.

453 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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